previews

Bielefeld

“Michael Buthe: Early Drawings and Diaries”

Kunsthalle Bielefeld
Artur-Ladebeck-Straße 5
May 16–July 25

Until just before his death in 1994, Michael Buthe constantly shuttled between Cologne and Marrakech, and his very personal, narratively charged works garnered invitations to Documenta in 1972 and again in 1992. Although Buthe, who made vast installations, paintings, and drawings, was a central figure in German art of the '70s and '80s and exercised great influence as a teacher, this exhibition is the first large solo show of his work since his death. Here the Kunsthalle's Hans-Michael Herzog presents roughly '100 works on paper from the late '60s through 1980 together with several sketchbooks from Buthe's travels in North Africa in the '70s, affording a fresh look at the career of this unjustly neglected artist.